MHEWC-III Status, gaps and ways forward - Thematic perspective: Early warning systems driven by risk information

Session objectives


This session will showcase: 

  • How early warning systems are enhanced using improved information at different levels (global, national, regional) on hazards, exposure, and vulnerability (e.g., disaggregated data, community knowledge, gender analysis).   

  • How information on past events, damage, and loss associated enable impact-based forecasting and identification of the most effective early action to minimize the impact on those most at-risk and vulnerable. 

  • How communities at risk benefit from early warning systems driven by risk information. 

  • Examples of current trends, advances and challenges identified in the use of risk information in MHEWS.  

  • Examples of new sources of information to improve several types of MHEWS. 

  • The use of Information and Communication Technologies to enhance the use of risk information in MHEWS. 

This session will address: 

  • Challenges regarding the use of updated risk information to improve MHEWS. 

  • Challenges to the inclusion and targeting of all marginalised groups and benefits of community and women-led MHEWS. 

  • The combined use of risk information generated at the international, regional, and national levels to improve early warning - early action efforts at the local level. 



Expected Outcomes


  • Awareness raising regarding novel advances in the use of risk information in MHEWS in various regions of the world. 

  • Suggestions to enhance the use of risk information to address the challenges identified during the session.  

  • Suggestions on how we retrieve information and data to be used for risk-driven early warning systems which are not covered by the usual and well-known data sources. 


Learn more

The First Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-I): Saving Lives, Reducing Losses was organized by IN-MHEWS and took place on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico, as a pre-event to the Fifth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2017 (GP2017). The Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-II) took place on the 13th and 14th of May 2019 as a pre-event to the Sixth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) at the Headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. 

Building on the progress and achievements of the first two conferences, the Third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-III) is planned to take place 21-22 May 2022 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia. MHEWC-III provides a unique opportunity to review key accomplishments, share skills, experience, and expertise within an active MHEWS network. Attendees will exchange and explore how the community can scale efforts in MHEWS implementation to better deliver on the aspirations of MHEWS the Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement, and Sustainable Development Goals.  Moreover, practical training opportunities to support and enhance understanding and utilization of key advances in science will be organized. Training is envisioned to include modules on artificial intelligence, new data sources/information, communication standards / technologies, monitoring and evaluation to track the effectiveness of MHEWS. 

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23 May 2022
15:50 - 17:00 (Bali UTC+8)


Nusantara Ballroom
BICC First Floor

Online access

Remote participation available to those registered for the conference


Open to those registered for the conference




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On behalf of the co-chairs of IN-MHEWS (UNOOSA/ UN-SPIDER and WMO),

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